How to Make Moisturizing Lotions March 10, 2016 09:11
Although Vancouver has a very humid climate, the dry air indoors due to heating can make skin dry and itchy. Many commercial lotions only moisturize skin for half a day (at leasts that’s my perception) and are full of chemicals and artificial fragrances.
I therefore decided to give it a try and make my own lotion to solve the problem of dry skin. For the product I bought the following ingredients:
- ½ cup almond oil
- ¼ cup coconut oil
- ⅛ cup beeswax
- 2 tablespoons shea butter
All the ingredients combined cost less than $5.00, well below any ready made cream or lotion available in conventional retail.
As a first step I combined all the ingredients in an old jar.
I then put a lid on, placed it in a pan half filled with water and turned the stove to medium heat.
After all the oils, waxes and butters were melted entirely, I filled the liquid in a 4oz metal tin and let it cool down. Before transferring the lotion to the container, I sterilized it using alcohol. Alternatively, this could be done in the oven but I would not recommend boiling it in water. The fact that this recipe does not contain any water is a plus in the sense that it has a longer shelf life / does not need any preservatives as mold or fungi shouldn’t be an issue. The product will not work with a lotion pump as it isn’t liquid enough.
As the ingredients started to melt, I took out the glass from time to time (wear gloves as glass gets hot) and mix the ingredients in a circular motion.
Et voilà this is what the end product looks like:
I’ve been using the lotion for a couple of weeks now and the winter dryness of my skin is long gone.
This little tin will last for a very long time as a little of the lotion goes a long way. Next time, I would probably substitute some of the almond oil with shea butter as the lotion is a tiny bit too oily for me. Also, I definitely recommend including some drops of essential oils not only to add some great natural fragrances but also extra benefits like better skin regeneration (Lavender) or antibacterial effects (Teatree).